July 30, 2014
Maori bashing for small audience
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says the Maori-bashing section of the electoral landscape is looking very crowded, but there are only a handful of votes in the issue.
The Conservatives offered a one law for all policy, ACT tried to trump that with a claim Maori are living lives of legal privilege, and New Zealand First’s Winston Peters tried to remind voters he was there first by ruling out being part of a coalition with the Maori Party or Mana.
Ms Turei says ACT leader Jamie Whyte has abandoned rational thought in his bid to glean a few votes from the political margins.
"It only affects a very tiny proportion of people. They tend to be haters anyway. They don't tend to be people who want to engage in a constructive country. It presses a few buttons for a tiny minority and puts off the vast majority of New Zealanders. It's typical nasty conservative politics but it has a very very tiny audience I think," she says.
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